New York – A YouTube clip asking the public to perform the mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim before Yom Kippur by signing a White House petition supporting Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, hopes to make the Rubashkin petition the most popular petition in the Obama administration’s newly created We The People program. The petition, asking the White House to investigate prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the Rubashkin case, has over 26,000 signatures and is currently ranked third on the White House site.
The clip, produced by Danny Finkelman and featuring Lipa Schmeltzer and several of the Rubashkin children, shows Lipa racing to the Rubashkin house on Erev Yom Kippur to sign the petition and telling the congregants at his Airmont Shul that in the merit of having added their names to the petition they will be sealed for a year of life.
“When I got a call from the askanim telling me they needed me immediately for this mitzvah of pidyon shevuyim, I cancelled all my appointments and said ‘let’s do this right now,’” Schmeltzer told VIN News. “ Not only am I hoping that this will bring justice for Sholom Mordechai but it was a wonderful experience for the Rubashkin children during this busy yom tov time when everyone needs a father.”
Finkelman, who also produced the Unity video featuring numerous Jewish music stars to raise money for the Rubashkin cause, came up with the idea for the video just yesterday and the video was shot in a matter of hours so that it could be ready before Yom Kippur. He hopes to surpass the most popular petition which has over 50,000 signatures, by getting more awareness.
“This could be the silver lining factor in getting the Department of Justice to investigate this case which has been mishandled from the start,” Finkelman told VIN News. “The Rambam says that Pidyon Shevuyim is the greatest of all mitzvos and we hope that by showing the White House how strongly the public feels about this miscarriage of justice, perhaps justice will finally prevail. With Yom Kippur almost upon us, as people look to do good deeds, everyone should please take it upon themselves to do this great mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim by signing the petition right now to help Sholom Mordechai.”
To sign the petition, go to http://wh.gov/gWM.